EXCHANGE PLACE LIVING HISTORY FARM

Exchange Place on Orebank Road in Kingsport is a non-profit volunteer run Living History Farm that seeks to preserve and protect the history and heritage of an East Tennessee farmstead.

 

Thousands of people visit the site each year for the Festivals, school programs, workshops, tours and other special events.  A calendar may be found on the Exchange Place website.



 

Four new lambs and eight new calves have joined the Exchange Place family. Stop by and get acquainted!

 



Master Gardeners contribute to Exchange Place in a variety of ways. 

Dave Gostomski,  e3fan98@yahoo.com or 423-212-0231, and others work as the maintenance crew, keeping the lawns cut and maintaining buildings and fences.   

 

Additionally, Dave contributes to the Field crop garden in which historic field crops including Sorghum, Cotton, Broom Cane and Tobacco are grown.

 

The new "Field Crop Garden" has cotton, alfalfa, rye, tobacco, broom corn and sorghum along with three sisters and pumpkins.

To make the 1850s garden look truly authentic, sorghum, cotton, and
tobacco are grown.  The sorghum plants grew to an outstanding 12 feet in height - a record height at Exchange Place.  

 

Fall and winter gardens were added in 2013.  New crops of greens, snap peas, lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, garlic, and onions were planted. The cabbage family crops were also planted.

 

Along with sorghum for molasses and brooms we also have short variety plants for the grain heads. There are tobacco plants, pumpkins and winter squash, heirloom cucumbers and three sisters (corn, beans and squash) being raised..

 

 

Earl Hockin, ehockin@yahoo.com or 423-817-5473 is the lead gardener for other gardens maintained by Master Gardeners including a Demonstration Vegetable garden in which Heirloom and Hybrid varieties are grown in raised beds. 

 

The purpose of this garden is to assist people learning about vegetable gardening throughout the year by using Row Cover, and varieties appropriate for both cool season and warm season growing. 

 

We demonstrate how vining vegetables are best grown vertically.  

 

Among the vegetables we grow are a minimum of 10 different varieties of tomatoes, sweet potatoes, 4 or more varieties of beans, southern peas, Irish Potatoes, carrots, varieties of beets, peanuts, various summer and winter squash, spinach, parsnips, several varieties of peppers and several different herbs.   

 

Each year we grow a few unusual vegetables including Yard Long Beans, Bok Choi, Napa Cabbage, a herb called Papalo, Mad Hatter Peppers.

 

We also maintain a Pollinator garden featuring a variety of flowering plants that are especially attractive to a wide variety of pollinators.

We hope to get some more volunteers who would be interested in maintaining the Laurie Fiet native plant garden which presently is in dire need of regular attention.

 

        

Master Gardeners also assist in planning and staffing the Spring Garden Fair, Farmfest and the Fall Folk Arts Festival.

 

Garden tours, children’s activities and workshops are among other activities performed by Master Gardeners.

 

They also do tree identification,  adoption of areas, and research of heirloom plantings.